Our Trustees

danielle rowe

Danielle Rowe

Chair of Trustees

Danielle has been drawn to Citizens Advice as a result of the strength of its national profile and local service delivery, something she hopes to contribute to. She’s been a corporate lawyer for over 25 years, advising businesses and boards, gaining a broad set of legal, governance, risk and regulatory skills in a wide range of industries.


sarah beaverSarah Beaver


Sarah joined Citizens Advice Oxford's Trustee Board in 2019 having been a long-term admirer of the work of Citizens Advice and its website information services, on which she has had occasion to draw both in a work context and for private purposes. Having spent some ten years in and around Oxford as a student and in her early career in education, Sarah was a civil servant for 28 years, working in a range of senior policy, financial, HR, and management roles in defence and health. She returned to Oxford in 2008 and spent 12 years as Fellow and Domestic Bursar at All Souls College before 'retiring' in 2020. In practice she finds herself almost as busy as before in a range of voluntary roles in and around the University and the local community.


david bettsDavid Betts


David is a retired civil engineer with considerable experience in managing technical services in the public sector followed by a period of management consultancy. He has general experience in contracts and commissioning, property and finance. David has governance experience as a trustee of a number of charities and as a local councillor. Since retirement he has worked as a volunteer caseworker for Citizens Advice and is passionate about the service the organisation provides for its clients. He joined the Trustee Board of Citizens Advice Oxford in May 2022.


sophie brookesSophie Brooks


Sophie is a passionate believer in the power of business to drive positive social and environmental change. As a lifelong lover of nature and wildlife, after 15 years leading PR businesses in Europe and Asia Pacific, she set up her own sustainability consultancy. Following a stint in house as Sustainability Strategist for Microsoft UK, in 2012 she went on to gain MSc in Climate Change & Development, and from there expanded her work to include all aspects of social, environmental and economic sustainability advisory, largely for corporate clients. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Co-Chair of the Oxford B Corp Hub, and joined Citizens Advice Oxford as a Trustee in 2021.


jim heywoodJim Heywood


Jim has been a Trustee of Citizens Advice Oxford since March 2020. His background is in corporate, industrial and international insurance with 20 years spent overseas. He has lived in Oxford since 1995. Jim has served as a trustee at a number of organisations including a school, a medical charity and three different housing associations; one of these was a unit of the Salvation Army providing accommodation for low-income families.


madeline laxtonMadeline Laxton


Madeline is Executive Director of Lucy Group Ltd, which was established in 1812 and now has 1,500 employees with a turnover of over £250 million. She joined the Board of Trustees of Citizens Advice Oxford in November 2021 and brings considerable commercial experience, legal and resourcing knowledge and a passion to support the valuable work done by advice centres. In the voluntary sector, she has volunteered as an adviser for Brixton Law Centre in London, and is currently trustee of a local village charity.


jon pymJon Pym


Jonathan, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, has had a career largely involved as the finance leader in establishing a new businesses in the UK and abroad. An admirer of the work done by Citizens Advice, he is glad to support the Oxford operation as Treasurer.

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